This dataset contains statistics on deaths in South Africa in 1996. The registration of deaths in South Africa is regulated by the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 51 of 1992. The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is responsible for the registration of deaths in South Africa. The data is collected with two instruments: The death register and the medical certificate in respect of death.The staff of the DHA Registrar of Deaths section fills in the former while the medical practitioner attending to the death completes the latter. Causes of death are coded by the Department of Home Affairs according to the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) ICD-10, as required by the World Health Organisation for their member countries. The data is used by the Department of Home Affairs to update the Population Register. The forms are sent to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for their use for statistical purposes. From the two forms sent to Stats SA, the following data items of the deceased are extracted: place of residence, place of death, date of death, month and year of registration, sex, marital status, occupation, underlying cause of death, whether or not the death was certified by a medical practitioner, and whether or not the deceased died in a health institution or nursing home. From 1991 death notifications did not require data on population group, and therefore this dataset includes death data for all population groups.
Kind of Data
Unit of Analysis
v1: Edited, anonymised data for licensed distribution
The data covers causes of death in South Africa in 1996
The survey has national coverage
The lowest level of geographic aggregation covered by the data is province.
The data covers the death records of all South Africans
Statistics South Africa. Recorded Deaths 1996 [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa [producer], 2000. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/5439-t435